India: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is examining a fresh complaint of alleged unfair business practices made against cement makers, according to CCI chairman Ashok Chawala. The development comes against the backdrop of the quashing of a US$949m fine imposed on them by the regulator in a previous case.
Chawla said that the CCI is looking into a fresh complaint filed against cement companies. The Confederation of Real Estate Developer's Associations of India (CREDAI), which has about 10,000 members, approached the CCI against the Cement Manufacturers' Association (CMA) in September 2015. In October 2015, the CREDAI said that the association had filed a complaint against the CMA as prices have risen sharply despite low demand for cement.
"To control the cost of construction and make home prices work for the common man, the CREDAI has moved the CCI against cement manufacturers who have been unduly increasing the cost of cement," said the CREDAI. Despite low demand, the association had said that the prices of cement have jumped by 20 – 40% in major cities across India since October 2015.